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Title: Duke prof suggests libertarians are 'on the autism spectrum'
Source: Campus Reform
URL Source: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10504
Published: Feb 13, 2018
Author: Sandor Farkas
Post Date: 2018-02-13 22:06:03 by Gatlin
Keywords: None
Views: 69
Comments: 4

A Duke University history professor recently suggested that many of the conservative and libertarian subjects of her book “seem to be on the autism spectrum.”

Nancy MacLean, author of the controversial book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America, made the comments during a February 7 lecture at the New York City Unitarian Church of All Souls, where she was slated to discuss “the roots and agenda of the radical right.”

She was delivering a presentation on her book’s conspiratorial thesis about the American libertarian movement, which she claims originated with Nobel Prize-winning economist James Buchanan. Almost exactly one hour into the event, an audience member asked her “where his motivations” and ideas came from, and whether those are ideas are “ones of personal greed or…malevolence.”

After praising the interrogator for asking “such a profound question,” MacLean speculated that libertarian views might be the result of autism.

“As an author, I have struggled with this, and I could explain it in different ways. I didn’t put this in the book, but I will say it here,” she answered. “It’s striking to me how many of the architects of this cause seem to be on the autism spectrum—you know, people who don’t feel solidarity or empathy with others, and who have difficult human relationships sometimes.”

“I don’t know, that is speculation,” she reminded the audience, but despite the disclaimer, an audience member later referred to “autistic libertarians” in a question. At another point in the lecture, MacLean also called Trump’s federal judicial appointees “illegitimate.”

MacLean is a history professor and “scholar of the twentieth-century U.S.” at Duke, a private North Carolina university.

Neither MacLean nor Duke University responded to multiple requests for comment from Campus Reform.

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#1. To: Gatlin (#0)


Like ThaT asperger's Thing


If you ... don't use exclamation points --- you should't be typeing ! Commas - semicolons - question marks are for girlie boys !

BorisY  posted on  2018-02-13   23:27:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: All (#0)

Autistic? OMG….another libertarian in the pipeline.

Gatlin  posted on  2018-02-14   7:02:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: Gatlin (#0)

After praising the interrogator for asking “such a profound question,” MacLean speculated that libertarian views might be the result of autism.

Man - you really are desperate aren't you Parsons?

A leftist, Trump-hating "professor" makes an odious claim and you take it as gospel.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-02-14   9:07:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: Deckard (#3)

... libertarian views might be the result of autism.

It's terrible to hear about your condition and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family; I am deeply saddened by the problem that you and your family live with. My condolences.

And while I pledge to stand by you in your hour of need....it is with an understanding heart that I will continue to be ruthlessly aggressive and uncompromising in exposing and nullifying the objectives of your agenda.

God bless you….and be sure to get yourself some padded headgear.

Gatlin  posted on  2018-02-14   12:51:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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